People - postdocs
Jason Riordon, PhD
My PhD thesis at the University of Ottawa focused on the design, fabrication and characterization of microfluidic volume sensors. I demonstrated lab-on-chip devices capable of measuring individual cell volumetric growth at high resolution, and sorting cells at high purity.
Since joining Prof. Sinton’s Energy and Fluids research group in 2014, I have explored microfluidic projects geared towards today’s global energy challenges. Topics include algal bioenergy, oil recovery, hydrocarbon phase change and photocatalysis. Throughout these projects, I contribute expertise in design, fluidics, microfabrication, microscopy and analysis.
Yuanjie Pang, PhD
Yuanjie Pang received his BEng degree from the University of Victoria in 2008, with the highest graduating GPA in the department. He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria in 2012. Yuanjie had a very broad PhD research topic in nanophotonics. Besides the major topic, optical trapping, Yuanjie has also studied surface plasmon photonics, extraordinary optical transmission, as well as surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Yuanjie was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in University of Michigan from 2012 to 2015, where he focused on the study of single isolated HIV particles using optical trapping, for establishing a definitive linkage between HIV phenotype and productive infection pathway. In Feb. 2015, Yuanjie joined the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and his current research topic is to develop an opto-fluidic system for enhanced solar harvest, with applications in photovoltaics, conversion of solar energy to fuel, and carbon fixation.
Biao Zhang, PhD
Biao Zhang received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Chongqing University, China in 2014, co-supervised by Prof. Xun Zhu and Prof. Ned Djilali. During his PhD study, Biao’s research mainly focused on microfluidic fuel cells, including catalyst electrodeposition, transport phenomena and computational modeling. Biao also has wide-ranging research interests and experience in microbial fuel cells, CO2 reduction and microfluidic electrochemical sensors. In August 2015, Biao joined Sintonlab as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. His current research topic is microfluidic sperm selection. This technology selects sperm with intact chromatin and high DNA integrity for application in assisted reproductive technology (ART).
Ali Abedini, PhD
I obtained my BSc (2007) and MSc (2009) degrees in Petroleum Reservoir Engineering from Petroleum University of Technology, and my PhD in Petroleum Systems Engineering from the University of Regina in 2014, where I performed extensive studies on hydrocarbon/solvent phase behaviour (solubility, swelling/extraction, IFT, miscibility, and asphaltene precipitation) and CO2/sovent-based oil recovery processes in tight and heavy oil formations. I also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship (2015) there, fabricating various glass micro-model patterns using laser facilities, while conducting micro-scale studies on the displacement efficiency of EOR techniques, and investigating cyclic solvent injection in heavy oil formations through sand-pack flooding experiments. I joined SintonLab as a PDF (2015) where my focus is on the mechanistic analysis of phase behaviours and recovery performance during solvent and thermal-based recovery techniques (e.g., VAPEX, N-Solv, SAGD, and SA-SAGD) in heavy oil and bitumen formations using micro/nanofluidic approaches. Applications lay in disclosing recovery mechanisms and displacement phenomena occurring in the pore network of reservoir rocks aimed toward optimizing the operational parameters associated with various field practices.
Aaron Persad, PhD
Aaron joined SintonLab in 2016 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow where he investigates the phase-change kinetics of hydrocarbons in nano-channels. The objective of his research is to develop more efficient, and greener methods, of extracting hydrocarbons from shale. His doctoral work (under Charles A. Ward in the Thermodynamics and Kinetics Laboratory at U of T) investigated several topics: liquid-vapor phase change processes, surface and wetting phenomena, energy transport and conversion, and the stability of confined fluids in near-freefall environments.
Persad is a university lecturer in Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics. He was recognized as the top teaching assistant by the Faculty of Engineering in 2013. His doctoral thesis was nominated by the MIE department for the 2015 John Leyerle-CIFAR Prize for Interdisciplinary Research and for the Governor General’s Gold Medal. During his spare time, Persad pursues training as a scientist-astronaut with Astronauts4Hire, Integrated Spaceflight Services, and Project PoSSUM.
Christine Gabardo, PhD
Christine received her BEng (2011) in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from McMaster University, where she also received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering (2016). Her thesis focused on the development of rapid nano/microfabrication techniques to create multi-scale electrode materials for bioprocessing and biosensing applications.
In 2017, Christine joined SintonLab as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, her research focusing on the development of microfluidic systems for in vitro fertilization applications and the development of electrodes for renewable energy applications.